Manufactured Lifelogging

Donna Bogatin writes

“Lifelogging extracts a heavy price: While people perceive they are enhancing their experiences by capturing ephemeral moments for a lifetime, they are actually depriving themselves of fully living each important moment.”

Something I have been considering lately.

Manufactured reality takes many forms. When we were looking for a wedding photographer we visited a popular studio. All the weddings looked exactly the same! Group shot jumps in the air. Bride and groom smiling at each other sipping champagne. Bridal party does the lady bump. I was horrified. The photographer was imposing the experience upon the wedding party. When we found somebody we liked our strict instructions were “candid please”. We wanted the day to flow naturally and for the photos to reflect the real experience! Great photos too!

Technology and media can add value to they way I live. But I hope I never live my life as a manufactured reality persuaded by the influence of technology. Lifelogging has the capacity to do both.

Perhaps my experience having an brother with Asperger’s who has a particular knack for gaming has given me an appreciation for what technology can do to help people express themselves, but also see the potential for technology to become all-consuming. Which reminds me, I met a guy at the Aquarium on the weekend. He was adjusting his artificial leg and telling me how it was his first time out in months after a bungled operation. He was there with an international gathering of XBox Live players and heading down to the pub for lunch. Technology had transformed his dreary three months of pain to an opportunity of meeting with people around the world. He told me stories of people with a common interest sharing their lives over gaming and webcams.

Looking forward exploring this area of lifelogging where reality collides with technology a little further…